Ebb Tide

Ebb Tide

[a Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel]

Book - 1998
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It is 1843 and Captain Nathaniel Sir Drinkwater embarks on the paddle-steamer Vestal for an inspection of lighthouses on the west coast of England. Bowed with age and honors, the old sea officer has been drawn from retirement on half-pay to fulfill his public duty. The following day, tragedy strikes, and Drinkwater is confronted with his past life: his sins and follies, his triumphs and his disasters. Drawing on a true incident, Richard Woodman deftly concludes the career of his sea hero. Drinkwater s complex character is revealed in its entirety. Far from being the reminiscences of an old man, the novel skillfully weaves the past with the present; the personal tensions below decks, the straining creak of a man-of-war under sail, the crack of a cannon shot and the plaintive mews of the trailing gulls are never far away. To the end, Nathaniel Drinkwater s life is full of incident and the unexpected, so typical of the sea officers of his day.
Publisher: London : John Murray, 1998.
ISBN: 9780719557644
071955764X
Branch Call Number: WOODM
Characteristics: 230 p.

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